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(Updated    October 20 2017
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.235 billion (1235 million)
Mobiles    1211 million 
Landlines: 24 million 
Total no. of PCs: 150 million 
Internet users:  400 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:   296 million
(wired:  20 million;   wireless : 276 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  826

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Galaxy Tab A 2017: Movies on the move
IT happened in India
  WhatsApp offers new location-sharing facility
October 20 2017: WhatsApp has rolled out a new feature that allows you to share your location in real-time with family or friends. Whether you're meeting up with friends, letting loved ones know you're safe, or sharing your commute, Live Location is a secure way to let people know where you are. ....
Google salutes Indian astrophysicist Dr S Chandrasekhar
October 19 2017:    Google has honoured Indiann astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar,   on his 107th birth anniversary  with a doodle in 28 countries.  He was awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize for Physics with William A. ....
Next stop is 5G for Qualcomm
Qualcomm gears up for 5G, announces readiness and reference design for first ever 5G device, releases new Snapdragon chip From Vishnu Anand Hong Kong, October 17: At its annual jamboree of partners and associates, Qualcomm announced that it  has achieved the world's first 5G data connection, and launched the first 5G chipset - the X50. ...
Fewer Indians looking for jobs in US& UK
Bangalore, October 17 , 2017: There has been a 38% decrease in Indians looking to move to the US and 42% decrease in Indians looking to work in the UK in the last year. ...
The new 'reality' of Culture marketing and conservation
October  16 2017: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality   have both been around for a couple of years  and have found applications in vertical markets like medicine, tourism and e-commerce. ...

Education and e-learning
TI Innovation contest showcases student prowess
Bangalore, July 30, 2017:  Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Technology College, Coimbatore  has won Chairman’s Award for the best innovative product for the Texas Instruments India Innovation Challenge Design Contest 2016 with their entry:Watchdog for agricultural farms. ....
Play games and learn the Playablo way!
Bangalore, July 20, 2017: Playablo, a Bangalore-based startup that provides  gamified learning and skill assessment platform for CBSE and ICSE students of grades 1 to 5, has tied up with Unnati, a Bangalore-based NGO  to help re-skill young adults. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Use VPNs when on holiday to avoid dangers of public WiFi
October 17, 2017: A recent  study by Internet security specialist, McAfee, points to  the looming dangers of public Wifi while on holiday. The study entitled "Digital Detox – Unwind, Relax and Unplug" finds that only 43% of survey respondents went on vacation in the last year with the intent to unplug their Internet connection. ....
Virtual Assistants are the latest travel aids
October 16 2017: The iPhone has Siri.  Microsoft has Cortana. Amazon has Alexa and  Google has Google Assistant .... all Artificial Intelligence-fueled  smart virtual assistants   that let users talk instead of typing their queries.  You can get the latest weather -- or order a pizza -- straight from your mobile phone, because these assistants are cross linked by their respective search engines  to dozens of e-commerce sites and information resources. ....

Aster healthcare group launches an app for the Golden Hour
New Delhi, May 28, 2017: Leading  India and UAE healthcare chain Aster, has launched an app  that aims to save lives during the so-called Golden Hour. The Aster Emergency App ( Android link here)  provides a real-time interface between the patient in emergency and a GPS-enabled Aster ‘Responder’. ....
LiveHealth grows to cover 450 diagnostic centres in India
April 16 2017: A Pune based health care startup founded in November 2013   has grown to cover 450 centres in 43 cities in India, serving  600,000 patients.  LiveHealth  delivers medical records to patients on their mobiles, and connects them to healthcare providers in their city,  creating a smooth and seamless  ecosystem for well being. ....
PSTakeCare is an app for that surgical journey
Bangalore, December 4 2016: Developed by Takecare Technology Pvt. Ltd,  PSTakeCare is an Android health app that provides end-to-end assistance for patients who need to undergo a surgery. ...

Product Pulse
Galaxy Tab A 2017: Movies on the move
Bangalore, October 17 2017: Tablet PCs are turning out to be tricky things.  It is not clear  who buys them.  They are too big to carry around like mobile phones -- and bring hardly any additional functionality. They are not versatile enough to replace  laptops  for serious work. ....
10.or is a value-for-money 4G VoLTE phone
 New Chinese phone, 10.or, offers  good combo of specs  & price Bangalore, October 9 2017: Indians are great at sniffing out a good deal. They've shown that   they don't  like to pay a premium for a brand name when it comes to smart phones. ....
Asus Zenfone 4 selfie series: the power of 3
Bangalore, October 2 2017: Most mobile brands release 'special edition' devices to cash in on the festive season in India. ...

IT's for you
  Softbank invests in Indian talent-led Findability
Mumbai, October 13, 2017 - Japan's SoftBank Corp. and US based  Indian talent driven Findability Sciences Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to establish a joint venture (JV), which will offer a proprietary software product developed by Findability Sciences. ....
Ethical snooping!
People, pets or things,  Letstrack devices harness GPS to buy you peace of mind Bangalore, October 9 2017: Over-seventy senior citizens who misplace their spectacles or phone; pet owners  whose dog strays away from home; parents who agonize over the safety of their children or car owners  whose vehicle has been stolen. ....
CDO Converge to focus on Digital Marketing in Mumbai next month
Mumbai, September 5 2017: Kamikaze B2B Media  brings CDO Converge & Digital Industry Award  to Taj Lands End, Mumbai on October  4 2017. ...
Keyless car entry is here
Technology that has been available in pricier personal  vehicles, may soon trickle down to every car -- and your mobile phone will be the key tool. ...
For the record re Infosys management crisis
Due to the historic and unprecedented developments at Infosys today, We bring you all the rtelevant documents released by the company. ...

IT people
  Shrenik Bhayani to be Kaspersky GM for South Asia
Global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has announced the appointment of Shrenik Bhayani as its new General Manager for the South Asia region covering India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. He is joining the company's Asia Pacific leadership team effective October 18, 2017. ....
Infosys co-founder Narayanamurthy honoured
Bangalore, September 5  2017: Infosys co-founder N.R Narayana Murthy  has been honoured  with PLuS Alliance Prize ­– a prestigious honour that recognises Research Innovation, Education Innovation, Global Leadership and Global Innovation. ....
Sudipto Gupta is new CEO of MRO-TEK
Bangalore, September 5  2017: MRO-TEK Realty Ltd   has  announced  the appointment of the former Country Director of Wistron Corp’s Indian operations, Sudipto Gupta as Chief Executive Officer effective this month. ...

Best of the rest
Sarahah Creator Is Thankful Of Indians Who Taught Him Programming & Proud They're Using The App
The Saudi Arabian developer who created the app, Zain al-Abdin Tawfiq, says he was actually set on his way by Indian programmers.  INDIA TODAY August 16 2017

Government asks Google, Facebook, WhatsApp to remove BlueWhale suicide dare
To ensure the safety of people on the internet, especially of children, the Indian government has asked social media and internet giants like Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, Instagram among others to get rid of the links to the 'Blue Whale' suicide game. FINANCIAL EXPRESS August 16 2017

Layoff fear creates opportunities for online professional courses
As Indian IT services companies gear up to embrace new technologies like automation, artificial intelligence, big data and cloud to meet client demands, the need for reskilling and upskilling is growing. Over the years, the IT industry has faced the challenge of finding right talent as the technology landscape is undergoing rapid changes.Betting big on this opportunity, a group of online learning and education start-ups are providing digital courses to individual employees and corporates to help them get skilled and become future-ready employees. These companies provide both offline and online curricula that enable working professionals pursue various courses....THE HINDU  June 18 2017


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